I’m interested in going back to school, but have no idea where to start.  What is my first step?
Attend one of our info sessions (details below) or make a one-on-one appointment with Stephanie: satkins2@inverhills.edu, stephanie.atkinson@dctc.edu or 952-703-3128.  This will enable you to get more detailed information about what your options are, what might work best for you, and how to get started.
How can SOTR help me, as a prospective student?
We really see SOTR as a one stop shop. From application, help filling out the FAFSA, taking the ACCUPLACER, or getting help with registration, students can expect to get most of their enrollment steps done right on site at SOTR.
Can I start and complete my degree by only taking classes at SOTR?
Students should expect to take some of their classes at their home campus or online but depending on your major, you could likely get several classes completed right here in Burnsville.
Are there only classes for people looking for a degree at SOTR?
No.  We also offer a variety of continuing education and customized training courses, as well, for people looking for a quicker retraining or new skill.
I’m a PSEO student – can I take classes at SOTR?
Yes!  If the classes we offer fit your schedule and your needs, PSEO students are encouraged and welcome to take classes here.
How can I take classes and when are classes held?
Most of our classes are in the evening (usually from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.) and are accelerated (8 weeks vs. 16 weeks).  We also have some day time classes and full semester classes, as well.
Will the classes and credits I take at SOTR apply to my degree at my home campus (Inver Hills Community College, Dakota County Technical College, or Metropolitan  State University)?
Yes!  This is a satellite campus for all three schools, so classes you take here apply the same way they would if you were taking the class online or at your home campus.  It’s simply another location to ensure students have access to the classes they need.
(If you’re unsure the classes here work towards your major, be sure to speak with Stephanie or your advisor).
What is the ACCUPLACER?  Is that available at SOTR?
The ACCUPLACER is an assessment that is taken as part of enrollment. The ACCUPLACER test is used by colleges across the country to assess college readiness in reading, English and math.  Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the test as much as possible.
Students can take the ACCUPLACER at SOTR.  It is currently offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  You can register online or contact Stephanie to make an appointment or see if there is other test availability outside of those designated times: satkins2@inverhills.edu, stephanie.atkinson@dctc.edu or 952-703-3128.
Is there disability services staff on site?
Disability services staff are located at the main campuses, not at SOTR. If you need to meet with a disability services staff in Burnsville, you can connect with them to see if they can meet you at SOTR. You can find more information about our disability services offices here:  Inver Hills Community College, Dakota County Technical College, or Metropolitan State University.
When is SOTR open?
Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.  Stephanie is also on site to help with questions year round. Typical office hours* are:
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
(*Office hours are subject to change).
Is there Wi-Fi available?
Yes!  People can connect to the IHCC Wi-Fi. No username or password is required.
Do I need a parking pass to part at SOTR?
Do faculty have office hours at SOTR?
Some faculty may have office hours before or after class.  Check with your instructor to see if they are holding office hours at SOTR.
What amenities does SOTR have?
Students have access to a mini fridge, microwave, Wi-Fi, tablets (tablets need to be checked out with Stephanie and used on site), a copier / printer, coffee and snack vending machines and also direct access to the Burnsville WorkForce Center resources!


Still Have Questions?

Attend a Free Information Session or Class!

Navigating Higher Education. Walk in or Register online!
Tuesday, June 6th at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., SOTR Room 205*.

Navigating Higher Education
This workshop is held on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Learn more about how to get started with college, what program makes sense for you, and explore different degree options.

Career and Technical Exploration Workshop. No registration required!
Wednesday, July 12th, 11 a.m. – Noon, SOTR Room 203*.

This interactive workshop enables attendees to connect their skills and interests to a variety of career and technical programs. It also works to broaden the scope and knowledge of what career and technical education means.

*Room numbers could change; please watch for signs.

Call or email South of the River Education Center Coordinator
Stephanie Atkinson, (952)-703-3128, satkins2@inverhills.edu or stephanie.atkinson@dctc.edu, to set up an appointment to discuss your educational goals.

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Stephanie started with South of the River Education Center (SOTR) in May 2014.  Since then, she has worked to make SOTR a one stop shop for students. From admissions questions, helping with the FAFSA, advising on course selection and registration, Stephanie is able to assist prospective and current students with most of their college questions in one convenient location.

Whether you’re a first time student, returning student, or someone looking for a career change, Stephanie can help you get started on the right path, right here in Burnsville.  

Stephanie has a B.A. in Geography from St. Cloud State University and an M.A. in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas.  Stephanie loves working with students and helping make the transition to college easier.  Her previous experience includes admissions, student services, and study abroad, which allowed Stephanie to live and work in England for 18 months. Born and raised in Lake City, Minnesota, Stephanie now resides in Minneapolis.  In her spare time, she enjoys weekends outside of the city, kayaking, the North Shore, autumn in Minnesota (minus Pumpkin Spice everything!), and spending time with her fiance, Phil, niece and nephew and new puppy, Noonan!